The U.S. State Department has issued a Worldwide Caution Travel Alert amid rising global tensions, outlining a number of safety precautions that Americans should follow.
The United States Department of State on Thursday issued a “worldwide caution” travel notice amid rising international tensions brought on by the Israel-Hamas conflict and potential threats to American citizens abroad.
Due to rising tensions in several parts of the world, the Department of State has encouraged American people abroad to be more cautious.
The key causes of the alert, according to the advice, are the possibility of terrorist attacks, protests, or violent activities against American citizens and interests.
The State Department has listed a number of safety precautions that Americans should follow:
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- Stay Alert in Tourist Locations: The advisory urges Americans to remain vigilant in areas frequented by tourists. These locations are often targeted due to the high concentration of foreigners, making them hotspots for potential attacks.
- Enroll in STEP: U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This program allows the State Department to send you information and alerts, and it also makes it easier for the U.S. government to locate you in case of an emergency overseas.
The global warning comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray, as reported by The Gateway Pundit, issued a severe warning of impending terrorist strikes on American territory amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.
FBI Director Christopher Wray gave a stark warning about the emergence of violent extremism, both domestically and internationally, in a speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention on Saturday in San Diego, California.
The warning comes amid a confrontation that has already taken thousands of lives, including 29 Americans, between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas.
The mysterious tunnels of Gaza, which have been dug by Gaza’s militias for close to 40 years, are often hidden beneath buildings, vegetation, and other terrain, posing a threat of urban warfare.
“Before I get into some of the specific ways we’re doing that work together, I want to take a moment to offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Israel, and share the outrage that I know we all feel at the sheer brutality and disregard for innocent lives there,” said Wray.
“History has been witness to antisemitic and other forms of violent extremism for far too long. Whether that be from foreign terrorist organizations, or those inspired by them, or domestic violent extremists motivated by their own racial animus, the targeting of a community because of their faith is totally unacceptable,” he added.
“We remain committed to continue confronting those threats—both here in the United States and overseas.”
Following the assaults, there has been a noticeable increase in reported threats, according to Wray, who advised the public to be on the lookout for “lone actors.”
“In this heightened environment, there’s no question we’re seeing an increase in reported threats, and we’ve got to be on the lookout, especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own.
“So I encourage you to stay vigilant, because as the first line of defense in protecting our communities, you’re often the first to see the signs that someone may be mobilizing to violence. And I’d also ask you to continue sharing any intelligence or observations you may have. And on our end, we’re committed to doing the same, so that together, we can safeguard our communities,” he added.
As was previously mentioned, after a tragic attack on a hospital in Gaza, thousands of protesters turned their attention to the US Embassy in Jordan on Tuesday night.
Following the hospital attack, protests erupted in a number of Arab nations, including Lebanon, where demonstrators marched on the US and French embassies.
Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Qatar, and Tehran all saw demonstrations.